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Podcaster Kenneth Vigue On ‘Chad: A Fallout 76 Story’

Podcaster Kenneth Vigue On ‘Chad: A Fallout 76 Story’

Fallout 76Bethesda Game StudiosA longtime fan of both the Fallout series of video games and old-fashioned radio dramas, Kenneth Vigue saw Fallout 76 as a unique creative opportunity. With its wide-open online sandbox and diverse player base, here was a game that begged to be documented in all its glorious absurdity. Vigue started out writing…

From Apple To Zire, A Century-Long Story

From Apple To Zire, A Century-Long Story

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How Hallmark Took Over Cable Television

How Hallmark Took Over Cable Television

A few months ago, in a house near Vancouver, nine actors in festive aprons gathered around a kitchen island to shoot a montage for the Hallmark Channel movie “Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy.” The island was covered in cookie-making ingredients. The director, Sean McNamara, a veteran of Hallmark movies and Disney kids’ series, sat…

Why Is Chinese Sci-Fi Everywhere Now? Ken Liu Knows

Why Is Chinese Sci-Fi Everywhere Now? Ken Liu Knows

In the fall of 2012, Ken Liu received an intriguing offer from a Chinese company with a blandly bureaucratic name: China Educational Publications Import and Export Corporation, Ltd. It was seeking an English-language translator for a trippy science-fiction novel titled “The Three-Body Problem.” Liu — an American computer programmer turned corporate lawyer turned science-fiction writer…